Pelvic Health – Prostate Issues, Bowel Incontinence
Pelvic floor physiotherapy refers to the rehabilitation of the muscles that we use for bowel/bladder function, sexual health and stabilization of the pelvic/low back regions in males + females. A Physiotherapist with a special interest in Pelvic Health conditions can assess and treat pelvic floor muscles.
Assessment – Pelvic Floor
The assessment may include discussing:
- Pelvic health history
- Nutrition habits
- Bladder & bowel habits
- Pelvic muscle control & tension
- Internal pelvic exam, if appropriate and consent given
Treatment – Pelvic Floor
The treatment may include:
- Education on healthy bowel & bladder habits
- Muscle activation & relaxation re-training
- Stress management
- Pelvic floor re-education
This specialization is becoming more established in the literature as a first-line of defence against incontinence (loss in bowel or bladder control) and pelvic pain. Pelvic health can be impacted by pregnancy, abdominal/pelvic surgeries, traumatic injuries, muscle strain, and postural/hip/low back issues.